It’s an odd one, huh? The day after Christmas. I’ll be hopefully gathering some thoughts together for tomorrow’s Finish the Sentence Friday post, and also for my annual New Year’s Eve recap post on Monday, so it’s almost like I want to save my brainpower for those posts. I’m now made up of sugar cookies and candy canes (94%) and my body is yelling at me for a green smoothie or something. Maybe some celery juice? We found a cafe selling celery juice in Cambria, CA, but they were very “No celery juice for you!” about it. You had to have an empty stomach, and be willing to embrace the health benefits of celery juice. Like if it gives you wings.
New Year’s Eve Fancy Golden Cupcakes:
What You Need:
For the cupcakes
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¾ cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 ½ sticks butter, softened (approx. ¾ cup)
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup whole milk
¼ cup Nutella
For the buttercream frosting + topping
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
12 Ferrero Rocher chocolates
Yields: One dozen cupcakes
What You Do:
1 – First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2 – Then, line a muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.
3 – In a small bowl, sift together all dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
4 – And then in a larger bowl, cream together granulated sugar and 2 large eggs.
5 – Add softened butter into sugar and egg mixture. Stir vigorously. Add vanilla extract.
6 – Alternate adding dry ingredients and milk into wet ingredients, and then mix well.
7 – Fill each lined section of the muffin pan with cupcake batter, about 2/3 of the way (approx. ¼ cup of batter).
8 – Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool before proceeding to the next steps.
9 – Use a paring knife to carve out a cavity in each cupcake, about ½ an inch in diameter and ½ an inch deep.
10 – Fill each cupcake cavity with Nutella.
11 – In a small mixing bowl, beat together softened butter, confectioners’ sugar and milk with an electric mixer. Start on low and increase speed to high, adding more milk (only one tbsp at a time), if too thick. These ingredients will make up the buttercream frosting.
12 – Scoop buttercream into a piping bag with Wilton tip #21 attached. Frost each cupcake.
13 – Top each frosted cupcake with golden sprinkles and one Ferrero Rocher chocolate. Serve and enjoy!
They’re fancy, right? We always host here these days – and can expect quite a bit of friends with quite a bit of food tastes. Cupcakes, though. You can’t go wrong with cupcakes. And especially not these fancy ones!
Some other fancy New Year’s Eve dishes: